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Staff Pick: One Came Home

Staff Pick: One Came Home

Once Came Home

In 1871 Wisconsin, thirteen-year-old Georgia sets out to find her sister Agatha, presumed dead when remains are found wearing the dress she was last seen in, and before the end of the year gains fame as a sharpshooter and foiler of counterfeiters.

Georgie Burkhardt, of 1871 Lake Placid, Wisconsin is a 13-year old girl of epic proportions. The story begins with Georgie learning that a body of a young woman has been found. Everyone believes that it is Agatha Burkhardt, Georgie’s older sister. Georgie refuses to believe the facts that are presented and goes off on an adventure, taking her trusty rifle and a copy of The Prairie Traveler.  On her trip she meets up with a stubborn mule, her sister’s pesky ex-boyfriend, nesting pigeons, a cougar, and counterfeiters. Tracking every clue and piece of evidence along the way, Georgie is determined to bring her sister home.

Recommended By: Kimberly Andersen – West Indianapolis Branch

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Staff Pick: Zane and the Hurricane

Staff Pick: Zane and the Hurricane

Zane and the Hurricane

A twelve-year-old boy and his dog become trapped in New Orleans during the horrors of Hurricane Katrina.

Zane Dupree has travelled with his dog Bandit from his home in New Hampshire to New Orleans to meet a great-grandmother he never knew he had. He arrives just days before Hurricane Katrina hits. As he and his great-grandmother try to evacuate the city, they get separated, and Zane finds himself alone in a city he knows nothing about, with no one but his dog to help him. As the hurricane rages, he and Bandit shelter in Zane’s great-grandmother’s house. After the winds die down, the levees break and they must climb into the attic of the house to escape the flooding and hope that the water stops rising before they become trapped up there. Bandit’s barking attracts the attention of a man and girl in a canoe, and Zane is rescued from the roof of the house. But as they float through the water of the city in unbearable heat, with very little food or water, and “stuff so awful it made a dog hide his nose,” Zane begins to understand that the danger is far from over. The water is full of snakes, raw sewage and worse, and the devastation in the city is so immense that there is no help to be had from the police, the fire department or any other organization. The three people and Bandit must find their own way, carefully and cautiously, to safe high ground, food and water, and a telephone to call for help. During their journey, Zane experiences the best and the worst in people. He discovers that people who could and should be good do not always choose to be, and that bad people can do good things. He learns to trust when he can, run or hide when he must, and carry on even when he is afraid.

Recommended By: Doriene Smither – East Washington Library

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Staff Pick: The Trouble With Chickens

Staff Pick: The Trouble With Chickens

The Trouble with Chickens

A hard-bitten former search-and-rescue dog helps solve a complicated missing chicken case. Young Hoosier Book Award, 2014-2015, 4-6 Nominee.

The Trouble with Chickens by Doreen Cronin is a great chapter book for third and fourth graders.  The main character is retired search and rescue dog Johnathan Joseph Tully, J.J. for short.  Two chicks, Dirt and Sugar along with their mother ask J.J for his help in finding their missing siblings.  This search takes them on an adventure where they come across some interesting characters including Vince the Funnel.  Readers must read this first title in the J.J. Tully Mystery series to find out if J.J. the search and rescue dog is successful in locating the missing chicks.

Recommended By: Denyce Malone – Flanner House Library

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Staff Pick: Anna & Solomon

Staff Pick: Anna & Solomon

Based on the story of the author’s grandparents’ migration to the United States from late-nineteenth-century Russia, Anna and Solomon shares how Solomon moved to the U.S. first, where he worked to save money for Anna to join him.

Solomon and his new wife, Anna, live happily in a small village in Russia.  However, soldiers sent by the Czar make life very difficult for them, and they decide to try and find a better life in America.  Having only enough for one of them to go, Solomon leaves Anna behind with her family and moves to New York City.  He finds work as a painter, and soon has enough money to send for Anna. But it’s not Anna who steps off the gangplank. This is a wonderful story about love, family, and starting a new life!

Recommended By: Beth Pintal – Nora Branch

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Staff Pick: City of Fire

Staff Pick: City of Fire

City of Fire

Twelve-year-old Scirye and her companions travel to Houlani, a new Hawaiian island created by magic, where they enlist the help of volcano goddess Pele in an attempt to stop an evil dragon and a mysterious man from altering the universe.

Scirye’s sister died preventing the theft of a great treasure. Now Scirye must go after the thieves, Mr. Roland and the evil dragon, Badik, to recover the treasure and avenge her sister’s death. Her companions are Bayang- a dragon, Leech- a boy with mysterious powers, and the secretive Koko. Together they find the thieves on a magical new Hawaiian island, and meet the volcano goddess Pele. This is the first book in the City trilogy.

Recommended by: Karen Perry – Franklin Road

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